Tesla scores second for brand sustainability perceptions
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Tesla ranks second as the brand with the highest sustainability perception. Brand Finance, an independent branding and consultation agency, released the Sustainability Perceptions Index, which uses several factors to determine the "value of sustainability perceptions to the world's leading brands."
It's hard to imagine a more sustainable brand than Tesla. The mission statement includes the verbiage: accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. This company made electric vehicles a viable form of transportation and has produced more energy than it used. But it may be Tesla's communication or lack thereof, that cost it first place.
Tesla May be too Humble
The report states, "Despite having sustainability as central to its brand, Tesla's communication of its sustainability initiatives is relatively limited considering the impact that it has. This is potentially due to a worry that the brand is too defined by sustainability. However, Brand Finance's research suggests that this worry is unwarranted, and in fact, having a strong sustainability perception will only increase consumer choice, particularly in the luxury auto sector."
To confuse readers further, Brand Finance gave the top ranking to Amazon. The report ironically states: "This may come as a surprise to some." Brand Finance explains that despite the "regular criticism about issues as diverse as labor conditions, emissions associated with its supply chains, and the polluting effects of packaging," there is a perception of sustainability. The report reads, "Regardless of Amazon's track record, it is clear that consumers worldwide have confidence that Amazon is minimizing its negative impacts, or at least is committed enough for them to continue to use its services."
Luxury Car Brands Must be Environmentally Friendly
Tesla recently ousted BMW as the top-selling luxury brand. Brand Finance's report found that consumers are putting a lot of importance on sustainability in luxury automobiles. Volvo discovered the same trend when it announced that it would phase out the production of ICE vehicles. Volvo worked with The Future Laboratory to author a report called The Rise of the Conscious Design.
The report underscored the importance of Volvo, and effectively the entire auto industry, to be more sustainable. The report pointed out, "Once focused specifically on environmental factors, consumers are rapidly developing a more holistic understanding of sustainability and ethics… The rise of conscious design stems from a pressing need to ensure that future products across categories are ethical, sustainable and regenerative."
Tesla Should Advertise
Tesla has not spent a dime on traditional advertising; instead, it relies on word-of-mouth and puts so much faith in its product that it made owners practically spokespeople. Although Tesla appears to have done some product placement in the past, such as the Model Y that was offered on the Price is Right. However, more advertising may be necessary now that the rest of the automotive world has realized electric vehicles are here to stay and consumers are demanding the product.
The average consumer must learn about Tesla's incredible safety record and cutting-edge technology. You can bet every other brand will be buying ads to promote "new features" that Tesla has already done or is significantly more advanced than the competition. There is no reason why Tesla shouldn't be the top brand globally for sustainability other than an uninformed perception, and that must change.
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Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
If you look up ambient lights for Tesla, you'll see several ads for third-party light kits. Perhaps this is why Tesla added its own Ambient Lights feature to the new Model 3. So, let's get enlightened.
Tesla's ambient lights are thin light strips that are embedded in each of the vehicle's doors near the top edge. It also curves around the dashboard near the windshield, giving passengers a near 360-degree light effect.
Tesla new ambient light feature is available on the new Model 3 (2024+), and will be available on the Cybertruck in a similar manner. With a refresh ongoing for the Model Y, known as Juniper, it will likely also have ambient lights. That just leaves out the most luxurious flagship vehicles, the Model S and X, for now.
The Model S and Model X could be due for a minor refresh that would not only add ambient lighting, but also include a front-bumper camera that the Cybertruck has and the new Model 3 is expected to have in the near future.
Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
The ambient light settings allow you to light up the interior in a color that reflects your mood or preference. Under Controls > Lights > Accent Lights, you are handed the freedom to choose virtually any color to adorn the interior of your Tesla.
You have control over whether the ambient lights are on, off, or set to an "Auto" setting, though not fully clarified, seems to promise intelligent lighting adjustments akin to our control over dome lights, offering a reduction in reflections during drives.
While the ability to control the brightness level seems missing, Tesla did include color presets, letting you curate a series of your favorite colors.
It should be noted that the changes are confined to the light strips on the doors and dash, steering clear of the footwell lights and other interior lighting.
With Tesla, we can be assured there will be enhancements to this feature in a future update. In fact, the Tesla community is already busy coming up with useful suggestions. Some owners thought Tesla should take advantage of the lighting to provide driver feedback, such as automatically changing the ambient lighting to a red hue when there's a vehicle in your blind spot. Tesla could also glow the light strip on a door if it's not closed properly, or use the lighting to provide feedback when Sentry Mode is enabled.
Other uses could be more fun, such as cycling the light through various colors when the 'Rainbow Road' easter egg is activated.
Ambient Lighting in Action
While the possibilities are endless and Tesla engineers will surely have fun coming up with creative uses for the feature, the biggest improvement we can hope for in the near future is the ability to adjust the light intensity.
Tesla's new Model 3 received a host of exterior and interior upgrades
Tesla outdid itself with the refreshed Model 3, known as the Highland. Despite all the fantastic upgrades, something is missing - the Performance version or perhaps the Plaid. The letter "T" has shown up on vehicle certificates in Europe, and despite Elon Musk's sense of humor, it is unlikely this is a Mr. T reference.
Deciphering the 'T'
A new document shows the new Model 3 Performance will have a dual motor
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Diligent scrutiny of the European Type Certificate, issued by the Dutch vehicle authority RDW and shared on the TFF Forum, revealed a subtle yet pivotal alteration — including the letter 'T' in the eighth digit of the Model 3 Performance's VIN.
This seemingly minor detail, indicative of the vehicle's motor/drive unit type, sparked curiosity and speculation on the forum. Could it be a tri-motor setup to usher in a new Plaid version of the Model 3? This vehicle has already got endless amounts of zip, but three motors? May The Schwartz Be With You!
This could also explain the Model 3+ badging that was spotted during the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China inspection of the refresh. However, the regulatory filings highlighted just two distinct variants of the car: a rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a 194 kW motor and an all-wheel drive (AWD) dual-motor setup that combines to deliver a formidable 331 kW of maximum power.
Initial conjectures leaned towards the possibility of a tri-motor setup, drawing parallels with the Plaid variants of the Model S and Model X. However, a deeper dive into the certification document clarified that the Model 3 Performance retained its Dual Motor setup, dispelling the possibility of a tri-motor upgrade.
Strategic Enhancements: A Glimpse into Potential Upgrades
Given the documented specifications, it becomes plausible that Tesla has strategically enhanced one of the dual motors, potentially aligning it with the advanced motor found in the Model S/X Plaid. This modification is poised to augment the top-end speed and acceleration of the Model 3 Performance, addressing its comparative limitations in extended races against traditional gas-powered supercars.
Meanwhile, the Model 3 refresh has become the new Bigfoot of the roads of North America, with rare sightings posted on social media. However, it appears the continent is excluded from the initial launch of the Model 3 Highland. Internal communications within Tesla suggest North American enthusiasts might have to exercise patience until 2024.
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